Headlines for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • Nick Nolte in a scene from "Luck."

    HBO Cancels 'Luck' After Third Horse Death

    HBO issued a statement March 14 saying it has decided to cancel production of the horse racing drama "Luck" after a horse that was part of the series died the preceding day at Santa Anita Park.

  • Ellafitz tries for her first grade I victory in the Santa Margarita Invitational Stakes.

    Santa Margarita: Ellafitz Seeks Grade I Glory

    On a three-race stakes winning streak for trainer Bob Baffert, Ellafitz will go for her first grade I victory against five opponents in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Stakes (gr. I) March 17 at Santa Anita.

  • Greg Avioli

    Avioli Leaving The Stronach Group April 1

    Greg Avioli, president and CEO of The Stronach Group, is leaving as the head of the company's entertainment division one year after he joined its predecessor, MI Developments Inc., it was announced March 14.

  • State Wants NYRA to Probe Aqueduct Breakdowns

    The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to the New York Racing Association advising it to hire an investigator to analyze 15 fatal breakdowns that have occurred at Aqueduct since Nov. 30.

  • Musical Romance seeks better trip in Inside Information

    Champion female sprinter Musical Romance experienced a troubled trip when opening 2012 in the Sunshine Millions Filly &amp; Mare Sprint, grabbing a quarter and ripping off a shoe at the start, but the five-year-old will look to rebound when she lines up for Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/insideinformation12.htm">Inside Information</a> at Gulfstream Park. The Bill Kaplan-trained mare will square off against 10 rivals, including the top four finishers from the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes on February 29.

  • Ellafitz looks to give Baffert first Santa Margarita trophy

    Late-blooming five-year-old Ellafitz will aim for a career high note as well as her fourth straight stakes victory Saturday when facing five challengers in Santa Anita's 75th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/santamargarita12.html"> Santa Margarita Stakes</a>, the season's racing highlight for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Havre de Grace faces four in New Orleans Ladies

    Only four other distaffers will line up against reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace on Saturday in Fair Grounds' $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/noladies12.html">New Orleans Ladies</a> going 1 1/16 miles. The Larry Jones trainee will break from post 2 with regular rider Ramon Dominguez in the saddle.

  • San Pablo faces graded stakes company for the first time in the Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct.

    Excelsior Comes Up Small But Competitive

    Burning Sands Stable's San Pablo has been nearly flawless for more than a year, and now he will try to take his game to the next level in the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) March 17 at Aqueduct.

  • Mr Prankster at Turfway Park.

    Good News in Kentucky on Racing Safety

    When the equine medical director for Kentucky gave her monthly report at the March 14 meeting, it showed only one fatality since Dec. 1 at Turfway Park, the only track in the state conducting live racing during the period.

  • Fort Erie to Lose Slots But Vows to Race

    Just two days after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced it will end the slots-at-racetracks program in the province in March 2013, it acted swiftly by revealing that slots parlors at three tracks will close.

  • Zenyatta and her foal

    Zenyatta 'Baby Shower' Set at Santa Anita

    Santa Anita will be celebrating the recent birth of Zenyatta's newly arrived foal March 17. The track will give away "It's a Boy" posters to those in attendance and will also hold an autograph session with "Team Zenyatta."

  • Smiling Tiger

    Smiling Tiger Works Toward Hollywood Return

    Smiling Tiger is expected to return to action during the Hollywood Park spring/summer meet with his ultimate goal a shot at the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), trainer Jeff Bonde said March 14.

  • Roster announced for Taste of Derby

    The perfect Kentucky Derby appetizer returns May 3 as Churchill Downs stages its third annual Taste of Derby -- a celebration of cuisine and racing on the eve of the Kentucky Oaks. Taste of Derby attendees will mingle with horse racing and Hollywood celebrities and savor exquisite cuisine and delectable wines from racing destinations across the country as nationally-renowned chefs serve samples of their regional specialties.

  • Aqueduct Notebook

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  • Belmont Celebration to Benefit Charities

    The New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club announced that the June 7 Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Service Team.

  • Betfair acquires Hollywood naming rights

    Betfair US and Hollywood Park on Tuesday announced the completion of a ground-breaking agreement intended to transform the customer experience for racing fans at the historic venue, online and on television. Under the terms of the five-year deal, the venue will be renamed &quot;Betfair Hollywood Park&quot; in the first naming rights agreement ever for a horseracing venue in the United States.

  • Gural: Use Slots Money for Testing, Marketing

    A proposal floated by Jeff Gural, who leases Meadowlands and operates two racetrack casinos in upstate New York, to use a percentage of gaming revenue for other pro-racing programs has support among USTA members.

  • Improved Test for Equine Ovarian Tumor Diagnosis (AAEP 2011)

    Just because a particular type of anomaly in a horse is rare doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s not important to investigate and understand better: Take granulosa cell tumors (GCTs), for instance. While these only represent about 2.5% of all equine tumors and usually are benign, GCTs are most common neoplasm (tumor) found in the equine reproductive tract; further,...

  • Supportive Care for Foals with Pharyngeal Dysfunction

    Little is known about what causes pharyngeal dysfunction&mdash;a defect in the muscle or nerve functions of the pharynx&mdash;in newborn foals. This important area of anatomy, where the paths for air and food or liquids intersect, was the topic of interest recently for a team of researchers who completed a study on the prognosis of foals with dysphagia (d...